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Drake vs Missouri State Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Drake Bulldogs at Missouri State Bears
  • Where: Springfield at Great Southern Bank Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds: Drake -1, DRAKE -119 | MSRST -104 O/U 133.5

Bulldogs Preview:

Drake heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-3. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. This season, Drake has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 9-2. For today’s contest, Drake have a betting line set -1 points in their favor.

Drake will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tucker DeVries who is averaging 18.64 points per game for the Bulldogs. DeVries is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bulldogs’ offensive gameplan is the play of Roman Penn who has hit 52.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.15 points per game.

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On offense, Drake is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 33.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.66% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Bears Preview:

Missouri State will take the floor against the Bulldogs with an overall record of 6-7. So far this season, Missouri State has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-3. For the season, Missouri State has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 1-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bears being +1 point underdogs.

Missouri State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chance Moore who is averaging 12.92 points per game for the Bears. Moore is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bears’ offensive gameplan is the play of Kendle Moore who has hit 39.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 7.77 points per game.

So far this season, Missouri State has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (46th). This strong figure has come despite the Bears playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.4% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Missouri State’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.4%

Free Spread Prediction: Drake Bulldogs -1

Heading into tip-off for this matchup between the Missouri State Bears and Drake Bulldogs, our analysis shows that Drake will look to make up for their disadvantage from beyond the arc, by pounding the ball inside. For the season, the Drake’s offense is doing an excellent job at generating opportunities from the charity stripe. Look for this trend to continue, in what should be a strong offensive effort for Drake. In today’s game, we feel good laying the points with the Bulldogs.

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